Ryan Frederick

Product & Company Builder | Non-Profit Launcher & Leader | Mentor & Investor

Ryan Frederick has had the privilege of being part of several startups and growth companies. He has helped companies grow from inception, to viability, through to sustainability. During the evolution of these companies, Ryan as served on company boards and been instrumental in capitalization activities. He has also helped companies to expand to international markets. Ryan brings a unique blend of business acumen and technical knowledge to help companies and clients achieve their objectives. He now helps companies of all sizes build great software products and become better product companies. Ryan (@ryanfrederick) is a Principal at AWH (@awhnet), Director for Startup Grind (@startupgrind | @startupgrindcmh), Chairman i.c.stars|*COLUMBUS (@icstarscolumbus), Co-founder <BLK hack> (@black_hack).

Jennifer Cable

Software Test Technician, Cover My Meds​


Jennifer Cable is a software test technician at CoverMyMeds. She is the creator of CoverMyMeds' Women in Healthcare IT organization and currently serves as Chair.

Deb Bitzan

Database Developer, Cover My Meds​

Deb Bitzan is a database developer at CoverMyMeds. She is passionate about inclusion efforts in STEM and is currently Co-Chair of CoverMyMeds' Women in Healthcare IT organization.

Toni Cunningham

Management Partners Managing Director, Per Scholas Columbus

Toni is a transformational leader with an extensive background in workforce development, program management, public service, and capacity building in the nonprofit space. As the Managing Director of Per Scholas Columbus, Toni is directly responsible for the performance of the Columbus area national site. Under her leadership, Per Scholas was recently named as one of The Columbus Foundation’s Top 5 Nonprofits to Watch in 2018. In June, Toni will be honored with a 2018 Smart 50 Award presented by Hylant and Smart Business.Toni is also the founder of her own company – Image Anu, LLC, where is able to pursue more of her purpose and passion of assisting individuals with their personal and professional development.

Hannah Stannard

Developer, HMB

I am a developer at HMB and have been with the company for two years. I have a passion for UI/UX and well-structured code. In my free time, I usually end up playing video games and board games with my husband.

Liz McKellar

IC3d Business Analyst and Project Manager, Improving Enterprises​

Liz McKellar is Director of Project Services for Improving - Columbus. She has spent the majority of her career in the Business Analysis, Scrum Master and Product Owner space within the retail industry, specializing in mobile, finance and fraud, and multi-channel shopping. Most recently she has worked with clients in the private aviation, restaurant retail, and insurance fields.

Julia Armstrong

OHI/O Informal Learning Program at The Ohio State University

From musician to non-profit operations director, educator to project management professional, Julia steered her career into computer engineering in 2010. Now, as the first director of OSU College of Engineering’s informal learning program, OHI/O, she brings together her past experiences to grow a new educational program built around the success of the state’s largest hackathon, HackOHI/O.

Ashley Lambrix

Co-CEO, Speedwell & Yarrow

Rachel Angel

President and CEO, Anexsis

Margaret Meyer

Senior Consultant, Navigator Management Partners

Margaret serves Navigator Management Partners as a Senior Consultant and also the Tableau Solution Lead. Margaret has over 8 years of consulting experience with a focus on Business Intelligence, Business Analysis and Project Management. Margaret is PMP, CBAP and PROSCI certified. Margaret leads the enterprise rollout and adoption for Tableau at the State of Ohio. In her free time, Margaret likes to listen to podcasts, monitor her daily step count, and try to think of more interesting hobbies.

Katherine E. Gibson

Chief Innovation Officer, CAS

Kathy Gibson is on a mission to help researchers tackle some of the world’s toughest challenges in disease eradication, food security and sustainable energy.  Kathy and her team of innovators at CAS develop new products and services in collaboration with start-ups, academia, and leading research organizations all over the world.  With a diverse background as a solopreneur as well as a corporate executive with over a decade of Innovation and technology experience at Pfizer, Kathy has learned what it takes to grow and sustain a successful innovation community. Fueling innovation isn’t just about cultivating ideas, it’s also about attracting the right talent and creating an environment where both can thrive.

In addition to her work in innovation, Kathy is devoted to coaching and mentoring women. A grateful recipient of mentoring throughout her career, Kathy is delighted to be able to “pay it forward” to other women.

A lifelong learner and intensely curious, Kathy enjoys a number of hobbies such as beekeeping, cooking, photography and gardening.

In her spare time, Kathy enjoys spending time with her husband and family and can be found on any sunny day on their boat enjoying the great outdoors.


Female Founders and their Journey to Innovation Panel

Cyndi Thomas

CEO, Complexus

Cyndi Thomas founded Complexus after gaining more than 20 years’ experience as a professional strategist and transformation leader in both the public and private sectors. With a name derived from the Complexity Theory-based principles her team utilizes to plan for an infinite number of possible futures, Complexus combines her background with original, forward-thinking concepts and strategies. Through complexity, chaos, and antifragile-based planning principles, Thomas works with senior government officials to develop and implement strategies for an ever-evolving future in which they will both utilize and defend against technologies that might not yet exist. Cyndi holds a B.A. in Military History from The Ohio State University, and a M.S. of Law in Risk and Compliance from Thomas Jefferson School of Law.

Leadership Panel

Tiffany Marr

CEO, Wemblr

Morgan Smithson

Consultant, Navigator Management Partners

Morgan brings experience from her industry work in higher education, retail, and banking. She has experience in understanding process improvement, analyzing data, designing learning and communication tools, and preparing solutions and recommendations for leadership. She has an advanced degree in MHRM from The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business.

Edita Dibrani

.NET Developer | Senior Consultant, ICC

Edita has been developing software using Microsoft technologies for a decade. When not working, she loves spending time with family and friends, rock climbing, and travelling. 

Marie Hicks

Author and Professor

​Marie Hicks is an author, historian, and professor doing research on the history of computing, labor, technology, and queer science and technology studies. Their research focuses on how gender and sexuality bring hidden technological dynamics to light, and how the experiences of women and LGBTQI people change the core narratives of the history of computing in unexpected ways.

Hicks’s new book,  Programmed Inequality: How Britain Discarded Women Technologists and Lost Its Edge In Computing, published by MIT Press, won the 2018 PROSE Award for History of Science, Technology, and Medicine. It investigates why the proportion of women declined as electronic computing matured, and how this labor situation had grave effects on the technological aspirations of that waning superpower. Programmed Inequality shows what lessons this holds for other nations, especially the United States, and how history can help us make sense of the present and the future by focusing not just on technological success stories, but also stories of technological failure.

Hicks is currently an Associate Professor of History at Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, teaching courses on the history of technology, gender and sexuality studies, modern European history,  and disasters. In 2018-2019 Hicks will be a fellow at the National Humanities Center, working on a new book about the prehistory of trans algorithmic bias, the gendered nature of digital infrastructure, and the intersections between queerness and resistance in the history of digital computing. Check their twitter feed for upcoming events or read more about their work at marhicks.com​

Paige Bormann

Student, The Ohio State University

Paige Bormann is currently a first-year Computer Science and Engineering major at The Ohio State University. She grew up in a small city just outside of Columbus where her passion for technology was born. Bormann has visited her local middle school to tell students about free programming opportunities online, led a hands-on computer networking activity at the local elementary school’s annual STEM night, and promoted the local high school’s Cisco Networking Academy at a district-wide board meeting. Most recently, she earned a Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT) certification and won an Aspirations in Computing Award from the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT). Winning an award from NCWIT introduced Bormann to a vast network of women in technology and inspired her to lead an AspireIT program to share the world of technology with younger girls.


Tammy Chellis

Executive Consultant, Pillar Technology​

Tammy Chellis honed her electrical engineering skills in both academia research with The Ohio State University Gas Turbine Lab and the public-sector with Eaton Electrical. After earning her MBA, she learned the intersection of people and technology is far more interesting, so she chose to pursue the business side of leadership. Taking on executive roles first in manufacturing followed by the financial industry she built a reputation as a trusted advisor, change leader and strategist. After over a decade at JP Morgan Chase she has returned to her first love, technology design and innovation as an Executive Consultant with Pillar Technology.

Speaker Bio's

Leigh Helsel 

Vice President Retail Strategies at ICC

Nicole Weidner

CEO, Mavenview

David Koppe

Director of Information Strategy, Mongo DB

David Koppe is the Director of Information Strategy at MongoDB. With 30 years of experience, David promotes the business value and strategic alignment through the full utilization of technology. Legacy Modernization, Mainframe Offload, Internet of Things, and Blockchain are core strategic areas that are top-of-mind for many executives and where the Information Strategy group has made the largest impact. His background also includes Cloud and Automation business and enterprise architecture.  

Lori Pearson

Executive Director - OCLC

Marlena Bowen

Software Engineer, Bold Penguin


Marlena Bowen is a software engineer at Bold Penguin. She enjoys crushing bugs, automating manual processes, and explaining technical concepts to non-technical people.

Andrea Jacobs

Product Owner, CAS

Andrea is a Product Manager at CAS, a solutions provider for science in Columbus.  In her role, she has developed a passion for facilitative approaches to group collaboration.  She has over 10 years of experience applying participatory and facilitative techniques in business settings, classrooms, and beyond.  

TJ Johnson

President & CEO, Tra’Bian Enterprises

​ TJ Johnson is the President and CEO of Tra’Bian Enterprises, LLC an Information Technology Solutions Firm, that provides exceptional Staff Augmentation, iCloud, Content Management and AI solutions.TJ received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science/Pre-Law from Ohio University. With Graduate course work in International Relations & Soviet Union Politics from The Ohio State University.

TJ brings a wealth of experience from her previous experience with the Governor’s Office, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and Ohio Attorney General’s Office. Community service is her passion; her volunteerism includes, the American Red Cross, Disaster Action Team and MidOhio Foodbank. She founded, Progress Hilliard a grassroots organization that focuses on political awareness and  community service. And the Western Lakes Civic Association, to create activities and events that unite our neighbors and improve our community.


Lori Beer

Global Chief Information Officer
​JP Morgan Chase & Co

Breakout Presenters

Featured Presenters

 Jamie Erbes

Director, Partner Programs, Cloud Support, Google Cloud

 Stephanie Shaw

Vice President - Enterprise Solutions & Analytics at The Wendy's Company

Alicia Oddi

Senior Director - Entrepreneur & Inclusion Programs, Rev1

Alicia Oddi, senior director of entrepreneur and inclusion programs, leads the strategy, engagement, and adoption of Rev1’s investor startup studio program, a framework that gives entrepreneurs the support and services that they need when they need it.

From building Rev1’s Learning Labs curriculum and content to curating the Entrepreneur’s Toolkit, Alicia produces a fully integrated model that provides the training, tools, and connections that directly impact entrepreneurs and help them de-risk grow their companies. Alicia invites feedback from entrepreneurs to make the Rev1 investor startup studio more responsive as entrepreneurs’ needs change.

Alicia also leads Rev1’s diversity and inclusion (D&I) programs, ensuring that diversity and inclusion aren’t an add-on, but rather is baked into and fully aligned with everything Rev1 does.

Alicia has a BA in Art History and an MA in Policy and Administration from The Ohio State University in Columbus.

Mel McGee

CEO & Founder, We Can Code It

Founder and CEO of We Can Code IT, Crain's Cleveland 2014 Woman of Note, Tech Czar / Cleveland.com Top Ten Tech Evangelist in 2017, and software engineer and architect with over 20 years of professional experience, Mel McGee has worked with clients like Tyco International, DeLorean Motor company, and hundreds of others to develop software. Her programming experience translated to the classroom nearly as soon as she began coding.

An experienced educator, she has taught computer science and engineering subjects to kids, teens, and adults at We Can Code IT, colleges, and overseas. Mel's knowledge of over 20 programming languages allows her to adapt curriculum to students in a variety of ways. As a certified Scrum master and a Gestalt trained facilitator, Mel's interests in collaborative work are woven throughout We Can Code IT's culture and classroom experience.

Her love for sharing her creative computing techniques has not gone unnoticed. Her innovative early wearable computer was featured in Howard Rheingold's book Smart Mobs. Her web development expertise was featured in books like Curt Harler's Beyond the Browser. She has been featured on NPR, publications like Motor World, Crain's Cleveland Business, Cleveland's Plain Dealer, and many more. Her artificial intelligence bots, Zoe-bot and Skeletor-bot, have been entertaining the masses online and at community events since the early 2000s. She continues to enjoy innovating with artificial intelligence.

She has a daughter who is learning how to program, and two dogs who follow her everywhere they possibly can.

Doug McCollough

CIO, City of Dublin 


As CIO of the City of Dublin, Ohio, Doug McCollough has embraced the rich community of innovation that is Central Ohio. Through collaborations and partnerships he has worked to connect people to opportunities, remove barriers, and promote change in initiatives ranging from Smart and Connected Cities, IT Workforce Development, expanding broadband access, and Connected and Autonomous Vehicles. He has spoken as a Subject Matter Expert and advocate on technical subjects, diversity and inclusion, career advancement, and using technology for community development.

Lori Beer is the Global Chief Information Officer (CIO) of JPMorgan Chase & Co., responsible for the firm’s technology systems and infrastructure across all of the firm’s businesses globally. Beer manages a budget of more than nine billion dollars and over 40,000 technologists supporting JPMorgan Chase's Retail, Wholesale and Asset Management businesses. She also serves as a member of the firm’s Operating Committee.

Beer joined the firm in 2014, and most recently was the Chief Information Officer for the Corporate & Investment Bank (CIB). Prior to joining the firm she was executive vice president of Specialty Businesses and Information Technology for WellPoint, Inc. She was responsible for a $10 billion business unit which included WellPoint’s Specialty Products. 

Beer was featured in efinancialcareers, Fintech, funky offices and not being “one of the guys”, April 2017; MIT Sloan Management Review, The Digital Transformation of Healthcare, April 2013; Fortune Magazine’s Leadership Series, An Insurer’s High-Tech Reboot, September 2012; was named a Computerworld 2011 Premier 100 IT Leader and was the 2011 National Association for Female Executives Women of Excellence Health Care Champion. 

Beer earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Dayton.

Connie Mathews

VP of Sales, Rubicon Educational Services & Training

Connie Mathews has been in the information security industry for over 16 years, as a trusted advisor.  She recently started her own Cyber Security company, Rubicon Educational Services & Training. Her passion drove her to start her own company offering Cyber Security training to help educate companies and individuals seeking to build more awareness toward/around cyber security. The training offers both soft and technical training.

Connie believes it’s important to give back to the community, serves as an advisor to Tiffin University’s Cyber Security Program, along with holding multiple board positions, and has been the key advisor/organizer for the Central Ohio Info Security Conference for over 12 Years. She is an advocate for women, where a small percentage are represented in the Cyber Security workforce.



Rebecca Craycraft

Consultant, Information Risk Management, Nationwide Insurance

In her previous role, Rebecca served as a Staff Operations Manager for the IT Business Management AVP. She was responsible for assisting the organization in achieving their strategic plans, leading process management efforts and assisting with day-to-day operations of the team.  In addition, she actively participated in the IT Process Management Professions leadership team and led the ECIO Associate Advisory Group for over three years. 

Rebecca is well-known for her advocacy with the Women in Technology (WIT) group at Nationwide. She acts as the lead communicator and project manager for activities associated with this team.  In addition to leading & coordinating events, she partners across the enterprise with various groups to support and promote diversity in the workplace. 

Rebecca joined Nationwide in 1998 and has held a broad range of exciting positions within IT. She enjoys traveling around the world, running, golf and living in downtown Columbus. 

Cassandra Faris

Support Agent, Test Double 


Cassandra Faris is a Support Agent at Test Double, a software development consulting agency. She is responsible for the growth, support, and success of the company’s agents. She leads Test Double’s employee and community outreach initiatives. Cassandra is passionate about growing the tech community and its people. She is an international speaker who specializes in teaching professional skills at technology conferences. She is also the President of the Microsoft and open source conference, DogFoodCon, and a Per Scholas Advisory Board member. She has an MBA in Organizational Leadership. When she's not busy with the tech community, she is avid tabletop gamer, runner, and soccer fan who travels as much as possible.

Wendy Jacobs

Product Owner and Coach, American Electric Power 


Wendy Jacobs, JD, is an Product Owner Coach with American Electric Power. She has over 18 years of product development experience, specifically in Product Management. Her current focus is on coaching all levels of Product Owners and Management on how to maximize the business value delivered. Wendy is passionate about mentoring others in Agility, Product Ownership and Product Management as well as delivering training courses, and presenting at conferences and meetups.

Winnie Li

Product Manager, Microsoft

Winnie grew up in Columbus, OH and graduated from OSU in May 2017 with a B.S in Computer Science and Engineering. She is currently a product manager at Microsoft in San Francisco where she is working on building tools to empower app developers to be more efficient and effective.

Lindsey Michaelides

Co-CEO, Speedwell & Yarrow

Nancy Matijasich

CEO, Manifest Solutions Corp.

Nancy Matijasich founded and operates Manifest Solutions, an IT consulting firm providing a full range of services, including Staffing, Education, and Support. She has worked in the IT field for 30 years gaining the first-hand experience of the industry and utilizing that knowledge and skill to cultivate and grow a kitchen table idea into a flourishing organization. Her “work hard and have fun” motto built an energetic and determined team of master craftsmen who enjoy growing in their skills while enjoying their work environment. 

Jennifer  Drake Fine-Gold

Iteration Manager - Senior The Gap

​Maureen Metcalf

Founder, CEO, and Board Chair, Metcalf & Associates

Ms. Metcalf – Founder, CEO, and Board Chair of Metcalf & Associates is a highly sought-after expert in anticipating and leveraging future business trends to transform organizations. She has captured her thirty years of experience and success in an award-winning series of books which are used by public, private and academic organizations to align company-wide strategy, systems and culture with innovative leadership techniques. As a preeminent change agent, Ms. Metcalf has set strategic direction and then transformed her client organizations to deliver significant business results such as increased profitability, cycle time reduction, improved quality, and increased employee effectiveness. For years, she has been willing to share her hard-won insights - through conference speaking opportunities, industry publications, radio talk-shows, and video presentations.  

Metcalf & Associates has a 20+ year track record of delivering value to high-performing clients ranging from local Ohio small businesses to Fortune 15 organizations to the US Armed Forces. Client industry mainstays include: technology, engineering, manufacturing, financial, and medical services. Metcalf & Associates also has an international presence having been on-the-ground helping companies in the United Kingdom and Europe.

Areas of Transformational Expertise include: Implementing change in strategic direction, Merger/Acquisition/Spin-off/Divestment, Large scale system installation, Business re-engineering, Governance, and Succession planning.

Publications include an award winning nine book series focusing on Innovative Leadership. Ms. Metcalf is also a regular contributor to Forbes.com among a long list of other outlets. 

Cheryl Turnbull 

Sr Director - Venture Capital and New Ventures
​The Ohio State University

Cheryl Turnbull is responsible for the financial affairs and strategic leadership of the equity holdings in university technology companies and management of the university’s Venture Capital Pool investments. Prior to joining The Ohio State University, she was founder of Capital Transactions, LLC, a business consulting firm providing mergers, acquisitions, and capital financing advisory services. Previously, Cheryl worked with various private investment funds, focused on companies with a proprietary competitive advantage. Cheryl received an MM from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a BS from Miami University.

Jim Everett

Software Principle Consultant, HMB


​Github: CognitiveBurden

Jim Everett is a Principal Consultant at HMB where he designs custom software solutions for clients. He has over 15 years of professional software development experience, working on projects for various levels of government, school districts, and Fortune 50 companies. Jim has a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from the College of William and Mary, and enjoys talking about the all things software with a frosty beverage in hand.

Britta August

Manager of the Scrum Masters and ​Agile coach
​CareSource Management Group

Britta August passionately believes that life is interesting – both painfully fun and hilariously awful, and that life is too short NOT to laugh.  She has been working in IT since graduating from OSU with an undergrad in Russian Language and Literature.  Starting in a mom and pop computer reseller as a receptionist, she quickly moved to sales after randomly developing software while answering the phones.  She moved into a technical role, building images and providing technical support and, after spending many years as a developer in the realms of health and finance, fell in love with agile.  Britta now manages a team of ScrumMasters and herds the cats of continuous transformation.

Kimberly Gibson

Chief Mischief Officer, IC3d


Kimberly Gibson serves IC3D as Chief Mischief Officer heading up business development and leveraging her expertise in workforce development to advance the application of 3D printing into industry and education. She came to IC3D after serving as Communications Director at LIFT, a Dept. of Defense funded institute focused on manufacturing tech for lightweight transportation. As Asst. Energy Advisor to former Ohio Governor, She led implementation of $150 million Energy Job Stimulus package deploying low-interest capital into Ohio energy companies for tech maturation and scale up. She serves as a Board Member of four High School Dropout Recovery Schools in Columbus assisting them to put 3D printing into the curriculum.

Courtney Campbell

OHI/O Informal Learning Program at The Ohio State University

Courtney Campbell is a fourth year Computer Science & Engineering student at The Ohio State University. Originally from Dayton, Ohio, she has always been obsessed with technology since young. Although she didn’t find her love for computer science until her senior year of high school, she found a passion for getting more girls interested in technology, which prompted her to join Ohio State’s ACM-W chapter, now serving as Co-President. Outside of ACM-W> Courtney is also serving as Community Engagement Chair of OHI/O, the informal learning program at Ohio State dedicated to fostering a tech culture. Courtney is also a member of Ohio State’s College of Engineering Ambassadors and is a Morrill Scholar.

​Kristina Robinson

VP of Software Engineering,  Cardinal Health

Kristina Robinson is a VP of Software Engineering at Cardinal Health. She has held multiple IT and business leadership roles in her 17 years with the company, most recently heading up the IT team for the Nuclear Pharmacy Services business. In this role, Kristina leads her team in the development of new software products and production support of all the systems used by the business. Over the past few years, she has led her team through transformations to the cloud for development and production operations, Agile methodology and Dev Ops practices. She also spends a lot of time mentoring and coaching others into future leaders and enjoys working to build strong teams. Kristina values the importance of relationships, collaboration, keeping her network strong and empowering others.

Kristina is passionate about giving back to the community, organizing Cardinal Health teams to fundraise and participate in the American Heart Association Heart Walk each year. She also enjoys volunteering at her family’s church and school parish. She and her husband, Ryan, have a seven- year-old daughter, Anabelle, and their furry kids - 3 cats and a dog.

Prior to Cardinal Health, Kristina worked in the Technology practice at Accenture for six years. She is a certified Project Management Professional, has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the State University of New York at Potsdam and an MBA in General Management from Clarkson University.

Mike Sayre

President, Metcalf and Associate​

Mike is an accomplished C-level leader with a career history of successfully leading organizations through transformational change resulting in ever higher levels of performance, with 25+ years of experience starting up, turning around, improving, growing, acquiring, integrating and divesting businesses in pre-revenue technology to $2B diversified businesses.

Mike is the President of Metcalf & Associates, a leadership development and organizational transformation firm inspiring and enabling global leaders to drive thriving organizations through healthier leadership and constant evolution, founded by Maureen Metcalf.

Victoria Koroleva

Technology Manager,  CAS

After over twenty years holding positions such as developer, business analyst, project manager, solution architect, and QA manager in Information Technology, I recently became a Delivery Practices Lead for the Technology organization at CAS. Working for a company with the vision statement of " Improving people’s lives through the transforming power of chemistry" is a perfect alignment with my passion of helping people to live happier lives. You can find more information about me here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/victoria-koroleva-9351469/

Samantha Lopez

Product Manager, Microsoft

Maybe it was coloring outside the lines or ingesting copious amounts of Play-Doh as a child that sculpted my creative path; in any case I knew from a young age that design was the only thing for me to do.

Over the past eleven years I’ve worked in advertising and startups as UX lead, Art Director, Visual Designer, and a challenger of the status quo. I’ve focused on creating and improving products for consumer facing brands in e-commerce and home automation.

 I believe there is power in great design, and value in refining every detail. I aim to create human centered designs that are not only engaging and delightful, but solve business goals simultaneously.